Summer vacation is almost here. So what are your summer plans?
Family vacations bring families closer together. As young people leave behind TV and texting for natural wonders and cultural diversity, it builds their self-assurance and piques their curiosity about things beyond their usual life. And because we know they enjoy sharing the adventure with other kids their age, we ensure the right mix of families to make a trip fun for everyone. Some companies’ groups are so small, you can end up traveling with one other family—not nearly as much fun as having a robust number of kids with like ages. Most importantly, we avoid tourist throngs and “canned” activities. On our Family Trips, you won’t breakfast with cartoon characters, and there are no midnight buffets. What you will get is plenty of outdoor activity together while discovering a whole new part of the world—and a whole new side of yourselves.
1. Dude Ranch:A dude ranch is the ideal spot to introduce your family (best for 3-year-olds and up) to serious nature, and an ideal spot for one of your family vacations.Get active with the kids,when you’re not playing Uno on the porch of your log cabin or hiking the open spaces, you’ll be exploring it on horseback. Wrangler-led rides (for all levels) can introduce your kids and maybe even you to the thrill of horseback riding. Evening entertainment includes a low-pressure family talent show, singing, square dancing and roasting marshmallows.

To find a Dude Ranch visit:http://www.duderanch.org/

2. Get active with the kids on your rafting vacations: White water rafting can be exciting, it will get your adrenaline pumping.There are six different levels or grades of white water:

Below are the six grades of difficulty in white water rafting. They range from simple to very dangerous and potential death or serious injuries.

Grade 1: Very small rough areas, might require slight maneuvering. (Skill level: very basic)
Grade 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require some maneuvering. (Skill level: basic paddling skill)
Grade 3: Whitewater, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering. (Skill level: experienced paddling skills)
Grade 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed. (Skill level: whitewater experience)
Grade 5: Whitewater, large waves, large volume, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering. (Skill level: advanced whitewater experience)
Grade 6: Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous that they are effectively unnavigable on a reliably safe basis. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and/or substantial drops that will impart severe impacts beyond the structural capacities and impact ratings of almost all rafting equipment. Traversing a Class 6 rapid has a dramatically increased likelihood of ending in serious injury or death compared to lesser classes. (Skill level: successful completion of a Class 6 rapid without serious injury or death is widely considered to be a matter of great luck or extreme skill and is considered by some as a suicidal venture)

For more information on white water rafting go to: http://www.oars.com/rafting

3.Visit a big city. Cities have so much to offer families. Last year we went to Washington D.C. we visited museums, parks, the White House, walked the streets and saw as many monuments, statues, libraries and historical places we could squeeze in.

To check out big city tours: http://www.hotwire.com/theme/big-city.jsp

4.Get active with the kids during your all inclusive family vacations: There are so many wonderful all inclusive trips to take. We love kid friendly all inclusive resorts. There are so many activities for kids, parents and families to do together such as ,golf, tennis, waterskiing — mixed with the unexpected, such as archery lessons, flying trapeze, pool games, yoga, hiking, day trips and circus school.

Check out the options at :http://www.familyvacationcritic.com/10-best-all-inclusive-family-resorts/art/

 

Make family memories this summer!